Pestle and mortar, Egypt, 1650-1575BCE

Made:
1650-1575 BCE in Egypt
maker:
Unknown
Marble pestle and mortar, Egyptian, 1650BC-1575BC.
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Marble pestle and mortar, Egyptian, 1650BC-1575BC. Full view, pestle alongside mortar. Graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Marble pestle and mortar, Egyptian, 1650BC-1575BC. Full view, pestle alonside mortar, a penny in the image to
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Marble pestle and mortar, Egyptian, 1650BC-1575BC

A pestle pounds and grinds hard substances, spices and plants in the mortar for drug preparations. The Egyptians used pestles and mortars to mix ingredients for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. The small size of this example suggests it prepared small amounts of cosmetics or expensive luxury goods.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A634861
Materials:
complete and marble (limestone)
Measurements:
overall (stick): 7 mm x 10 mm x 36 mm, 8 mm, .004 kg
overall (mortar): 21 mm 25 mm, .02 kg
type:
pestle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • grinder - tool
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • pounder
credit:
Sotheby's